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Photography, Writings

See Ya Summer

It’s hard to say goodbye. The end of summer always leaves me feeling tension – a strange discomfort I feel as I notice the increasingly dim evenings. The brisk air and clear skies that feel great now but also signal the impending bite of winter. The body of my youth loved summer – its best seasonal friend. The heat provided an energy to me and the long days enveloped my mood and outlook with optimism. Things change as we age – everyone knows this – but feeling that change internally is a different experience than knowledge of it can provide. The metaphor, for me, is best encompassed by the sunset – a fiery one. Nobody can fully experience a sunset through words and information. You have to experience it through sight, temperature, wind, intensity – and it’s exactly the same feeling I get about summer coming to a close.

A few scenes from on the water this summer as I said goodbye to an excellent day.

And the quietest moment at the end.

Good night, Summer 2021.

Photography, Travel

Flight to Colorado

Our flight from Atlanta to Denver was rerouted through Texas and New Mexico before heading north to Denver because of local storms. It meant our flight landed about an hour later but it also meant we arrived in Colorado during a beautiful sunset with some dramatic stormclouds. I was really thrilled to use my new 16-35mm lens with an ND filter thrown on top to help handle some of the high contrast. The results? Stunning.

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Siesta Key Seabirds

Back in March, Jeremy and I spent part of our trip to Florida visiting Siesta Key. He had some sweet memories from his childhood – visiting the beach and getting ice cream at ‘The Big Olaf’- a creamery inland. The beach was especially kind to us. There were small schools of fish along the shore, and the tide had gone out – giving us close access to all the seabirds hunting the beach.
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Sanibel and Fort Myers

Jeremy and I spent a week in December in Sanibel Island and Fort Myers Beach.  Those two beaches are a Florida treasure. I’ve been to all sorts of beaches around Florida: Destin, Clearwater, Miami, West Palm Beach, and Jacksonville. None of them were quite as amazing as the beaches of Sanibel and Fort Myers.
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Short-billed Dowitcher

There was a lot of magic experienced on the beach today but this small moment in the reflected sunset was one of the best.  The dowitchers would run in everytime a wave receded to pick at the bounty that had been spread on the sand.

It was beautiful.
Short-Billed Dowitcher

 

Photography

Sunset over Tribble Mill

A couple months ago, Jeremy and I decided to check out a park we’d heard so much about from friends and coworkers. It was chilly, is all I remember, besides the stunning sunset. Everything else we saw that day disappeared into lost memory land and these scenes take up all the space. Despite the early darkness winter brings, I am thankful for far more opportunities to watch the sunset on the ride home during this season. It’s a small reminder of a big, creative, beautifully minded God.

Flying on Fire

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Sunset Reed

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Kites

Did you fly kites as a kid? I have a funny story. I remember flying kites on a trip back to India. We were on the beach, in Chennai, in 1995 or 1996, and several of my cousins were flying kites. My cousin Sushil decided it would be awesome to run at me with his kite and cut my kite with his kite’s string. Well, it worked, and I was UPSET. I think I cried for like 30 minutes! I had a personal attachment to this kite and now it was lost to the winds of the Indian Ocean!

Anyway, I think back now and laugh. And then get mad at Sushil.

A couple of weeks before our beach trips and I went to Costco and made Jeremy buy me a giant dragon kite. Well, it was a worthy investment because not only was it huge, it was awesome!

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Sunsets

One thing Florida is wonderful for is sunsets. Clouds oddly shaped by boisterous winds adorn golden linings in the evening hours.

Miramar beach : crowded in the most pleasant way, made it a people watching goldmine. Kites, sandcastles, and lovers walking hand in hand framed the spectacular sunsets. The crab hunters came out at the end of the day and the scene was altogether stunning.

The sunset at it's most golden state, with the sun still in the sky and the sands glowing bronze.

The sunset at it’s most golden state, with the sun still in the sky and the sands glowing bronze.

The sun has disappeared beneath the horizon, leaving strips of gold and blue, like chrome on a new car.

The sun has disappeared beneath the horizon, leaving strips of gold and blue, like chrome on a new car.

The sun is gone, the colors darken, and it's just perfect timing for some crab hunting.

The sun is gone, the colors darken, and it’s just perfect timing for some crab hunting.

Ajay and Gopika pose romantically for me. The city lights are all on now, and the sun is just a glowing presence on the underbellies of the clouds.

Ajay and Gopika pose romantically for me. The city lights are all on now, and the sun is just a glowing presence on the underbellies of the clouds.